Monday, May 14, 2012
Kansas State University is planning to build its first new residence hall on campus in half a century.
University president Kirk Schulz tells The Manhattan Mercury the project is currently in the planning stages. Schulz estimates construction will start about a year from now, with the dorm opening in two to three years.
Kansas State had about 12,000 students when it opened its last new residence hall on campus in the early 1960s. Enrollment has roughly doubled since then, and in the past decade the university has concentrated its housing efforts on renovating and expanding the off-campus Jardine Complex.
Schulz says the new dorm will feature such amenities as suites with private or semi-private restrooms. He expects construction to be financed with bonds and fees, not with state funding.